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Saturday 23 September 2017

Zoo wants name for snow leopard that hits the spot

Dublin Zoo wants the public to choose a name for this new arrival, a female snow leopard. Photo: Patrick Bolger
Dublin Zoo wants the public to choose a name for this new arrival, a female snow leopard. Photo: Patrick Bolger
Dublin Zoo wants the public to choose a name for this new arrival, a female snow leopard. Photo: Patrick Bolger

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Dublin Zoo has asked the public for help in naming a young female snow leopard that arrived at the zoo earlier this year.

The yet-to-be-named female is two years old and came from a zoo in the Czech Republic.

Paired with a seven-year-old male, named Kimo, from Germany, both snow leopards arrived at Dublin Zoo as part of the international breeding programme.

Dublin Zoo's operations manager, Gerry Creighton, said: "Both snow leopards have settled into their habitat at Dublin Zoo really well.

"The male, Kimo, came to Dublin Zoo with his name but the female needs a name.

"Snow leopards are found in the mountain ranges of central Asia including the Himalayas, so Dublin Zoo is looking for a name from that region."

The winning entry will win a family pass and suggestions should be made by leaving a comment on Dublin's Zoo's facebook www.facebook.com/dublinzoo.

The breeding programme is needed as the global population of snow leopards has decreased by 20pc in the past 16 years.

It is estimated that there are only 4,000-6,500 snow leopards remaining in the wild due to habitat loss and poaching.

The species is classified as 'Endangered' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Dublin Zoo will be open all over Christmas with the exception of Christmas Day and St Stephen's Day, opening hours are 9.30am -- 4pm, with last entry at 3pm.

For further information on Dublin Zoo www.facebook.com/dublinzoo, www.dublinzoo.ie

Irish Independent

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